Research at the Institute of Geosciences

The foundation of a university department is to examine a broad spectrum of topics and disciplines. This is crucial to ensure an adequate, prospective and up-to-date training of undergraduate and graduate students. At our department, the research units comprise such a diversified geoscientific expertise, crossing the classical disciplines. This diversity is also apparent in the research profile of the entire department ranging from deep crustal and mantle studies to near-surface and surface related studies. Nevertheless, the expertise of the individual units meet at some central topics, reflecting the main directions of research at our department. These central topics are Earth’s surface processes, geohazards, as well as resources, and geomaterials.

More information about the research programs and laboratory infrastructure of the research focus area can be found on the Research Focus Area Earth System Sciences website.

Research Groups

General Geology

Head: Prof. Manfred Strecker, PhD and Prof. Peter van der Beek

General Geophysics

Head: Prof. Dr. Eva Eibl

Applied Geophysics

Head: Prof. Dr. Jens Tronicke


Head: apl. Prof. Dr. Frank Küger


Head: Prof. Dr. Maria Mutti

Geological Remote Sensing

Head: Prof. Dr. Bodo Bookhagen


Head: Prof. Dr. Max Wilke

Paleoclimate Dynamics

Head: apl. Prof. Dr. Martin Trauth


Head: Prof. Dr. Patrick O'Brien

Structural Petrology

Head: apl. Prof. Dr. Uwe Altenberger


Head: apl. Prof. Edward Sobel, PhD

Research Programs

Geo.X –  Geoscientific competence network in Berlin and Potsdam

IRTG-StRATEGy  –  International Research Training Group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

NatRiskChange  –  Research Training Group “Natural hazards and risks in a changing world”

HSPDP  –  Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project

SPP 2238 – Dynamics of Ore Metals Enrichment